Pets and Infection Risk
Reptiles, including turtles, snakes and iguanas pose a risk of salmonella infection.
If your pet tends to bite or scratch, consider finding a temporary new home during chemotherapy. This may be very hard, but the animal could pose an infection risk for your child.
However, if your pet is gentle and well loved, do not give him away without very good reason. Research has shown that pets can be highly therapeutic, and a well loved pet will be a huge source of comfort for you and your child during cancer treatment.
If you have other children, encourage all of them to follow the precautions outlined below. This will reduce risk of potential infection and avoid resentment that can arise from singling out one child.